Preparing for Your Trip

This Thailand travel guide will help you make the most of your time in Thailand by giving you tips on when to go, how to get around, and top attractions by region.

Best time to visit Thailand 

One of the best things about traveling to Thailand is that the weather is warm and pleasant all year round. That said, there are times when a visit will be more comfortable than others.

Generally speaking, the peak season for visiting Thailand occurs between November and February. This period sees temperatures averaging around 27°C (81°F) in most parts of the country and pleasant weather with minimal rainfall.

However, you can also visit Thailand during the low season when temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 32°C (90°F). It's hot and humid throughout most of the country from March to June. July to October is usually rainier, but temperatures are still comfortable in many parts of the country.


Peak season: November to February, 27°C (81°F)

Low season: March to June, 20-32°C (68-90°F)

Rainy season: July to October, still comfortable temperatures in most places.

How to get to Thailand

Getting to Thailand is relatively easy - and many options are available no matter where you start.

For those coming from Europe, the most popular way to get into the country is by air - with regular flights from major airports.

Alternatively, consider taking a train if you're traveling from within the region.

Visa requirements

thailand travel map

Thailand Travel Map

The visa requirements for Thailand depend on the country of origin and the length of stay. Still, citizens from many countries can enter the country without a visa and stay for up to 30 days.

If you plan to stay longer than this, however, you'll need a tourist visa or a Non-Immigrant visa.

The requirements for a tourist visa include a valid passport, 2 recent passport photos, and an application fee. For the Non-Immigrant visa, you'll also need to provide evidence of your accommodation in Thailand and proof of funds to cover the duration of your stay.

It's always worth checking with your home country's embassy for the latest visa requirements before you book your trip.


• 30-day stay without a visa for many countries

• Tourist visa requires a passport, photos, and an application fee

• Non-Immigrant visa requires accommodation and proof of funds.

Health and safety tips

When traveling in Thailand, it's important to be aware of the potential health and safety risks that may arise. The most common health issues include traveler's diarrhea, sunburn, heat exhaustion, and mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever and malaria.

It's therefore advisable to take precautions such as drinking bottled water, avoiding ice cubes, and using insect repellent to reduce the risk.

Regarding safety, it helps to be aware of potential risks in urban areas, such as pick-pocketing, scams and other forms of crime. It's always best to avoid walking around alone at night and keep your valuables close to you.

Be sure to research the local laws and customs before traveling, as certain activities may be illegal in some places.

Currency and costs

The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). You should exchange some money before arriving in the country, as not all places are equipped to accept foreign credit cards.

Thai Baht - thailand currency

Thai Baht

Prices can vary greatly depending on where you're staying and what activities you plan to participate in. Still, a general rule of thumb is that meals typically cost around 80-200THB, and accommodation can range from 400-2000THB per night.

Regarding transport, domestic flights are usually the most expensive option - with tickets costing anywhere from 1,000THB upwards. If you plan to use public transportation such as buses, trains and tuk-tuks, you can expect to pay much less - around 20-50THB per ride.

How to Get Around Thailand

By flight

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By flight

Traveling by flight is the fastest and most convenient way to explore Thailand. Many domestic airlines operate in the country, with flights running between major cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui and more. Depending on where you're traveling from, tickets can range from 1,000THB upwards.

By bus/train

how to go around thailand by train

Thai railway

Bus or train travel is a great way to get around Thailand on a budget. Regular services run between the main cities and tourist destinations, with tickets ranging from as little as 20THB upwards, depending on where you're going. The trains offer comfortable seating and air-conditioning, while buses generally run faster but can be more crowded.

For those looking for a more scenic journey, the Eastern and Southern railway lines are top-rated, offering breathtaking views of the lush Thai countryside.

By ferry

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Thai ferry

Ferry services are becoming increasingly popular around Thailand, particularly between islands and coastal cities like Krabi and Koh Lanta, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, and Ko Samui and Koh Tao. The services are mostly reliable, although delays can occur in bad weather, so it's worth checking beforehand.

The ferries typically range from 800-2,000THB depending on the destination. For a more luxurious experience, there are also private boat charters available which can be hired for a day or more.

By tuk-tuk

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Thai tuk tuk

Tuk-tuks are a popular way of getting around Thailand, particularly in and around cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket. The fares typically range from 20-50THB per ride, depending on the distance traveled. 

It's always advisable to agree on a price before getting into the tuk-tuk, as prices can vary - and it's best to avoid haggling with the driver in public.

For those looking for a more unique experience, specialty tuk-tuks offer sightseeing tours or romantic sunset rides. These can be booked in advance, and prices typically range from 1,000-2,000THB for a full-day tour.

Overall, Thailand has many ways to explore - from flights and buses to ferries and tuk-tuks. It's important to research and be aware of the potential risks. Still, with a little planning, you can have an incredible experience in this amazing country.

Accommodations: Thailand Travel Guide

Accommodations in Thailand offer a wide range of options to suit all budgets and preferences. 

Here are some suggestions for places to stay, depending on the region you plan to visit:

Thailand boutique hotels

Thailand’s boutique hotels


• 4-star hotels such as The Siam Hotel or Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (Price: 3,000-5,000THB/night)

• Boutique hotels like The Siam and Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (Price: 5,000-10,000THB/night)

• 3-star budget hotel chains like Amari Watergate or Hilton Sukhumvit (Price: 1,000-2,500THB/night)

• Hostels such as the Nomad Hostel or Hubba Coworking & Traveller's Inn (Price: 500-1,000THB/night)

Chiang Mai:

  • 4-star luxury hotels such as The Dhara Dhevi or 137 Pillars House (Price: 5,000-10,000THB/night)

  • Boutique hotels like the Rati Lanna Riverside Resort & Spa or ZEN Rooms Baan Suanbeung (Price: 3,000-5,000THB/night)

  • 3-star budget hotel chains like All Seasons Chiang Mai Nimman or Wish Hotel (Price: 1,000-2,500THB/night)

  • Hostels such as the Little Home Guesthouse or Backpacker Panda Chiang Mai (Price: 500-1,000THB/night)

where to stay in thailand

Twinpalms Phuket Surin Beach


  • 4-star luxury hotels such as Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach or Twinpalms Phuket Surin Beach (Price: 5,000-10,000THB/night)

  • Boutique hotels like The Slate and Sala Phuket Resort & Spa (Price: 3,000-5,000THB/night)

  • 3-star budget hotel chains like Centara Karon Resort or Novotel Phuket Vintage Park (Price: 1,000-2,500THB/night)

  • Hostels such as the POD House Hostel & Cafe or Patong Beach Hotel (Price: 500-1,000THB/night)

Koh Samui:

  • 4-star luxury hotels such as Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa or Anantara Bophut (Price: 5,000-10,000THB/night)

  • Boutique hotels like the Sala Samui Resort & Spa or Six Senses Hideaway (Price: 3,000-5,000THB/night)

  • 3-star budget hotel chains like Laem Set Inn or The Sea Koh Samui (Price: 1,000-2,500THB/night)

  • Hostels such as the Bed Station or Cloud 9 Home Stay & Bar (Price: 500-1,000THB/night)

No matter which region of Thailand you plan to explore, many accommodations are available to suit your needs. With some research and planning, you can find the perfect place to stay during your trip.

Food and Drink: Thailand Travel Guide

In this Thai travel guide, we will explore the culinary delights of Thailand. From local street food to traditional dishes, there is something for everyone in this vibrant country.

Must-try dishes and drinks

Thailand is a paradise for food lovers, boasting a variety of delicious dishes and drinks. Here are some must-try dishes and drinks to try during your visit:

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Tom Yum - a popular dish in Thailand

  • Pad Thai – this stir-fried rice noodle dish is one of Thailand's most popular dishes, made with tamarind sauce, bean sprouts, firm tofu and egg.

  • Tom Yum Goong – this spicy and sour soup is one of Thailand's most famous dishes, made with shrimp, mushrooms, lemongrass, chili and galangal.

  • Som Tam – a refreshing salad made from green papaya, chillies and garlic with fish sauce, lime juice and peanuts.

  • Mango Sticky Rice – a delicious and popular dessert made with sweet mango, coconut milk and sticky rice.

  • Thai Iced Tea – a refreshing drink made with strong black tea, evaporated or condensed milk, sugar and cream.

  • Chang Beer – one of Thailand's most popular beers, is light and easy to drink.

  • Sang Som – a popular spirit made from molasses and tapioca, usually mixed with cola or lemonade.

  • Thai Coffee – a strong black coffee brewed with cardamom pods, star anise and condensed milk.

Overall, there are so many delicious dishes and drinks to try in Thailand! From spicy curries to refreshing teas and beers, you will surely find something you love. Bon appétit!

Where to eat and drink

Regarding food and drink in Thailand, there are plenty of options to suit all budgets and preferences. Here are some great places to eat and drink:

Thai night market - thailand travel guide

Thai night market

  • Street Vendors – Thai street food is renowned worldwide, with vendors serving delicious dishes from curries to stir-fries.

  • Night Markets – these vibrant markets usually come alive after dark, offering various food stalls selling everything from snacks to full meals.

  • Restaurants – there are plenty of restaurants in Bangkok and other cities throughout Thailand, offering a range of cuisines from Thai to Italian and Japanese.

  • Bars and Clubs – Bangkok is renowned for its lively nightlife scene, with plenty of bars, clubs and rooftop venues offering cocktails, beers and spirits.

  • Coffee Shops – there are many cozy coffee shops throughout Thailand, perfect for grabbing a hot cup of coffee or tea.

No matter where you go in Thailand, you'll find many great places to eat and drink. From street vendors to trendy bars, the country has something for everyone!

A Sample One-week Itinerary for a Trip to Thailand

Thailand temple - thailand travel guide

Thailand temple

If you're planning a one-week trip to Thailand, we offer a suggested itinerary to perfect your Thailand travel guide:

  • Bangkok – explore the vibrant city of Bangkok and all its attractions, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho Temple and Chinatown.

  • Chiang Mai – head north to the mountainous region of Chiang Mai and visit places like the Doi Suthep Temple, the Elephant Nature Park and Wat Chedi Luang.

  • Phuket – a stunning island with plenty of beaches, temples and attractions like the Big Buddha Statue, Old Town and Phi Phi Island.

  • Koh Samui – an idyllic tropical island with white-sand beaches, coconut plantations and tourist attractions like Wat Plai Laem and Namuang Waterfall.

  • Chiang Rai – the northernmost city of Thailand with attractions such as the White Temple, Golden Triangle and The Black House.

No matter which activity or destination you choose, there will be plenty to explore and enjoy during your one-week trip!

After this Thailand travel guide, you now have enough information to plan your own trip in 2023. Thailand is a popular tourist destination and has something for everyone, from foodies to adventure seekers. Its vibrant cities, idyllic islands and stunning landscapes make it the perfect place to explore and unwind. So what are you waiting for? It's time to start planning that dream Thai vacation!

For an unforgettable experience in Thailand, New Asia Tours recommends you explore the country with us. We provide 24/7 support from our well-trained local tour guides and ensure all your needs are met. Contact us to book your Thailand package tour today, and let us help you create the perfect Thai holiday. Happy traveling!